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2018 is the Year of #NoHardware

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Posted on Dec 7, 2017 10:18:24 AM

Hardware used to be the foundation of IT. You couldn’t deploy an application without configuring dozens of servers and hardware appliances. But modern enterprises can’t be held back by a walls of knobs any longer. Proprietary physical hardware is expensive, slow, and works counter to your digital transformation.

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Topics: Application Delivery Controller, Software Load Balancer, Hardware

IT Professionals: Stop Fighting Fires During the Holidays

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Posted on Nov 29, 2017 12:22:16 PM

The Holiday Season is upon us, and if you do business online, you understand the importance of performance and availability. We love the holidays because they prove, year after year, Avi Networks is the Next-Gen Application Delivery Platform. Many of the world’s largest retailers and financial services companies use Avi Networks specifically due to the value our software delivers during the holidays.

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Topics: Elastic Scale, black friday, cyber monday, holiday survival tips, Elastic Load Balancing

Virtual Load Balancers: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

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Posted on Sep 20, 2017 9:46:47 AM

More specifically, virtual load balancers are just legacy load balancers trying to find a home in your data center or the cloud.

As your enterprise begins to migrate to the cloud, legacy load balancers are left out in the cold. You can’t take your F5 or Citrix NetScaler hardware with you. Operationally, they just don’t function in cloud environments.

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Topics: Load Balancing, Software Load Balancer, Elastic Load Balancing, Hardware

Cloud Migration Strategy | Lift and Shift Apps to the Cloud

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Posted on Sep 7, 2017 12:03:56 PM

A growing share of Fortune 500 companies are selecting Avi Networks to be part of their cloud migration strategy. These leading enterprise IT organizations realize that they need application delivery services that are born in the cloud to produce results in the cloud. In short, lifting and shifting applications from the data center to the cloud requires more than lifting and shifting legacy appliances from the data center to the cloud.

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Topics: Load Balancing, Public Cloud

Digital Transformation | Completing the Last Mile

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Posted on Aug 31, 2017 10:22:15 AM

You can't work in enterprise IT without hearing the phrase "digital transformation". This trend usually refers to the adoption of the cloud, containers, and microservices, or the use of automation and modern approaches. While initiatives to explore and implement these technologies abound, few are experiencing the promise of digital transformation.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Modernization

Smart Load Balancer | Avi Networks Video Series

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Posted on Aug 10, 2017 1:51:46 PM

They say a picture speaks a thousand words, and the same is true of video. This week we decided to parody Apple’s famous “Get A Mac” ad campaign by applying it to the load balancing and ADC industry.

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Topics: Software Load Balancer, software-defined load balancing, software load balancing, Hardware, video

WAKE UP CALL! It’s Time to Rethink Load Balancing

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Posted on Aug 2, 2017 9:50:04 AM

This message is as much for people who buy load balancers as it is for those who sell them.

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Topics: ADC, Load Balancing, Software Load Balancer, Elastic Load Balancing, Hardware

Christmas in July: How Avi Networks Powers the North Pole

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Jul 18, 2017 9:22:05 AM

Nothing demonstrates the need for elasticity and scale like the Holiday Season. Manufacturing, distribution, and eCommerce companies experience a huge spike in their business, but nobody feels the pressure more than the big guy up North. You know—the jolly fellow, red suit, white beard—ring a (jingle) bell? It’s Santa Claus!

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Topics: Load Balancing, Software Load Balancer, Case Study, Ludicrous Scale, Elastic Load Balancing

Smart vs. Dumb Load Balancers | Expect More From Your Load Balancer

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Posted on Jul 6, 2017 11:35:20 AM

We haven’t expected much from our load balancers in the past. And why should we? Traditional load balancers had a relatively simple job (e.g. distribute traffic, SSL, some content switching), and functioned relatively well. End of story.

But then our infrastructure, platforms, services, and applications got smarter.

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Topics: Software Defined Networks, Load Balancing, Software Load Balancer, TCO, Elastic Scale, Elastic Load Balancing, Hardware

F5 vs. Avi Networks: 9 Reasons Why Hardware Is Better Than Software

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Posted on Jun 14, 2017 9:34:01 AM

I originally joined Avi Networks because I believed they had a robust, software-defined application delivery solution. It could do everything F5’s physical load balancers could do… or so I thought. After one week on the job, I’ve realized that Avi Networks only cuts costs by up to 70% only because you aren’t paying for hardware—hardware that can do a lot of things that Avi Networks just can’t do.

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Topics: Software Defined Networks, Load Balancing, Software Load Balancer

   
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